The outgoing Acura RDX was a wacky combination of turbocharged-engine, super-handling-all-wheel-drive, and more high-strung, niche technology than what we’ve seen in a Honda product in ages. But as much as us auto journalist folk keep clamoring for more irrational behavior from what has become one of the most conservative automakers in the U.S., there’s a harsh reality about the first-gen RDX: It was awful.
The 2013 Acura RDX looks similar, but it’s a wholly more staid exercise, employing a tried and true Honda-sourced V-6, conventional, not super all-wheel drive, and a bit less giddy engineer extremism. Would that make it better than the outgoing model? Perhaps. Would that make it good enough to compete with the German luxury automakers, or even to live with on a daily basis? For that, you’re going to have to read our Road Test review of the 2013 Acura RDX to find out.